Sebastien Squillaci heads into his own net for Wigan to equalise
By Marc Vesty
A late own goal by Sebastien Squillaci salvaged a draw for 10-man Wigan which moved them out of the relegation zone and stopped Arsenal going joint top.
Wigan went ahead when Charles N'Zogbia was tripped by Laurent Koscielny in the box and Ben Watson scored the penalty.
Andrey Arshavin equalised with a superb volley into the corner before Nicklas Bendtner coolly fired Arsenal in front.
Wigan had N'Zogbia sent off late on but Squillaci headed into his own net to give the home side a deserved point.
After beating champions Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made eight changes to his starting XI in an effort to freshen things up, with games against Birmingham and Manchester City to come in the next seven days.
But that squad rotation left Arsenal looking ragged in the opening stages, with a lack of cohesion causing possession to be wasted frequently and a nervous-looking back line leaving Wenger's side exposed against the pace of N'Zogbia and power of Hugo Rodallega.
And after Rodallega missed two early opportunities, the first a header, the second a low drive easily held by Lukasz Fabianski, it was N'Zogbia who created the opening goal.
The impressive Frenchman drove forward with purpose down the right before cutting infield and darting in between Vassiriki Diaby and Koscielny.
Centre-back Koscielny was left off balance on the edge of the area and tried to pull his foot out of the challenge but the winger hit the ground after minimal contact and the referee was quick to point to the spot.
Watson stepped up and smashed an unstoppable penalty into the right corner with 17 minutes on the clock.
Wigan, unbeaten in five games at the DW Stadium, looked well in control but the catalyst for Arsenal's improvement finally came when Diaby left the field with a calf injury and Jack Wilshere came into the fray, bringing some much needed determination and urgency to lacklustre Arsenal.
When Arsenal's equaliser came it was a moment of inspiration from Arshavin - who had not featured against Chelsea three days earlier.
Bendtner's goal-bound shot was well saved by goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi but fell to Arsahvin on the edge of the area and the Russian swivelled, shaped his body and angled a sumptuous volley into the corner.
Just five minutes later the turnaround was complete when Arshavin toed the ball through to Bendtner, who slotted into the left corner from close range just before half-time.
That really should have been the signal for title-chasing Arsenal to move into a higher gear and dominate but Wigan showed a fighting spirit which should stand them in good stead for the second half of the season.
The gear change never happened and although chances were few and far between in the second half it looked like below-par Arsenal would escape the DW Stadium with three points - especially when N'Zogbia was sent off with 12 minutes to play.
An off the ball incident led to N'Zogbia confronting Wilshere before leaning his head into the Englishman and giving referee Lee Probert no choice but to show the red card.
However, even the dismissal could not break the Latics spirit and the Lancashire side received their richly deserved reward minutes later when Arsenal's defensive Achilles heel came to the fore once again.
A deep cross from a corner caused panic in the Arsenal back line and after Rodallega squared with his header, Squillaci, under heavy pressure from Gary Caldwell, turned his header into his own net.
80:05 Assist on the goal came from Hugo Rodallega.
80:05 GOAL - Sebastien Squillaci:Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal Headed own goal by Sebastien Squillaci. Wigan 2-2 Arsenal.
79:29 The ball is crossed by Tom Cleverley, clearance by Laurent Koscielny. Ben Watson takes the inswinging corner,
77:21 Sent off Charles N'Zogbia shown a red card for violent conduct.
76:07 Jack Wilshere challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
75:04 Steve Gohouri produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
74:33 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
73:45 Foul by Gary Caldwell on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.
73:45 Booking Gary Caldwell booked for unsporting behaviour.
73:33 Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
71:51 James McArthur fouled by Bacary Sagna, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ben Watson.
71:02 Substitution James McArthur replaces Mohamed Diame.
Correction - 70:04 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
70:04 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
68:32 Marouane Chamakh challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Hugo Rodallega from
the free kick, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
67:56 Marouane Chamakh challenges Antolin Alcaraz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Watson crosses the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left wing, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
66:57 Centre by Mohamed Diame, Nicklas Bendtner manages to make a clearance.
65:58 Nicklas Bendtner concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Watson. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
65:37 Hendry Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.
63:49 Tom Cleverley takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
61:48 The offside flag is raised against Ronnie Stam. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
59:51 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
57:56 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrey Arshavin, Headed effort from inside the box by Marouane Chamakh
misses to the right of the target.
57:47 Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
53:23 Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Neves Denilson results in a free kick. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
49:17 Ben Watson challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neves Denilson takes the free kick.
48:24 Foul by Hendry Thomas on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.
46:26 Ronnie Stam fouled by Andrey Arshavin, the ref awards a free kick. Hendry Thomas takes the free kick.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+4:45 The first half comes to an end.
45:00+4:03 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Watson.
45:00+1:32 Gary Caldwell challenges Andrey Arshavin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrey Arshavin restarts play with the free
kick, Marouane Chamakh produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
43:51 Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal.
43:51 GOAL - Nicklas Bendtner:Wigan 1 - 2 Arsenal Nicklas Bendtner scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-2 Arsenal.
42:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Gohouri on Marouane Chamakh. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
38:54 Assist by Nicklas Bendtner.
38:54 GOAL - Andrey Arshavin:Wigan 1 - 1 Arsenal Andrey Arshavin finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Arsenal.
38:50 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
38:07 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
36:59 Emmanuel Eboue challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
30:31 Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
26:40 Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
26:40 Substitution Jack Wilshere comes on in place of Vassiriki Diaby.
23:17 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
22:49 Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, save by Ali Al Habsi.
20:19 Corner taken by Ben Watson, Antolin Alcaraz takes a shot. Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
18:26 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Ben Watson results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball from the free kick
right-footed from right channel.
17:12 Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Charles N'Zogbia, Penalty awarded. Charles N'Zogbia provided the assist for the goal.
17:12 GOAL - Ben Watson:Wigan 1 - 0 Arsenal Penalty scored by Ben Watson. Wigan 1-0 Arsenal.
15:51 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot.
13:41 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Neves Denilson takes the free kick.
11:51 Gary Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner. Shot on goal comes in from Nicklas Bendtner
from the free kick, Gary Caldwell gets a block in. Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the right by-line.
9:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Marouane Chamakh. Direct free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
9:08 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
7:08 Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Emmanuel Eboue, free kick awarded. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
6:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Hendry Thomas. Antolin Alcaraz takes the free kick.
4:58 Effort from deep inside the area by Andrey Arshavin clears the bar.
4:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby by Hendry Thomas. Neves Denilson takes the free kick.
1:52 Handball decision goes against Hugo Rodallega. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
0:59 Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball.
0:00 The match begins.
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